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Face the climate crisis head on, but understand that we have the power to solve this. From former UN Chief Christiana Figueres and the team who brought you the Paris Agreement, this podcast about issues and politics will inform you, inspire you and help you realize that this is the most exciting time in history to be alive.

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Face the climate crisis head on, but understand that we have the power to solve this. From former UN Chief Christiana Figueres and the team who brought you the Paris Agreement, this podcast about issues and politics will inform you, inspire you and help you realize that this is the most exciting time in history to be alive.

    Opening Hearts with Elizabeth Wathuti

    Opening Hearts with Elizabeth Wathuti

    With the ink still drying on The Glasgow Pact, we’re already hearing the results from Glasgow being labeled in binary terms like “Success” and “Failure” While we know that some stunning pledges and progressive language in the Pact came from some of the negotiations, it is also true that historically these pledges have not been met completely, or have been missed entirely. Full stop.
    So with millions of humans suffering under the systemic injustice of rising global emissions, how do we meet this moment to reduce those global emissions and break those unjust systems of oppression? And how does the COP process make those necessary changes politically possible? And in the next eight years?!
    Maybe it’s as simple as starting with silence.
    This week we speak with Elizabeth Wathuti, environmentalist and climate activist from Kenya. She is the founder and president of Green Generation Initiative, and Head of Campaigns and Daima Consortium Coordinator for the Wangari Maathai Foundation.
    Elizabeth brought the house down at COP26 this year with her speech in which she led a moment of silence followed by the urgency to every Head of State in the room to “ please open your hearts”. You won’t want to miss what she has to say to us on the show!
    Stick around ‘til the end for an incredible music track from Knomad Spock!
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    Excerpt from Elizabeth Wathuti's speech at COP26, reproduced courtesy of the UN.
    Excerpt from the Opening Ceremony of the World Leaders Summit at COP26, November 2021.
    Available here: Elizabeth Wathuti at COP26 “Please Open Your Hearts” Speech

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    Read: Martin Wolf’s piece in The FT
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    Thank you to our guest this week, Elizabeth Wathuti!
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    The incredible Knomad Spock is our musical guest this week!
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    COP26: Glasgow Pact and Ready to Go Further

    COP26: Glasgow Pact and Ready to Go Further

    Yesterday, nearly 200 countries agreed to adopt The Glasgow Climate Pact after a roller coaster of a COP26...and this is a really big deal. From agreeing to reduce global dependence on coal, to speeding up the end of fossil fuel subsidies, this is progress on paper. But how far does it go to keep our 1.5C target front and center?
    This week, our hosts dig through a few key details of the agreement, including the new commitment for every country to revisit and strengthen their emissions reductions plans together at COP27, instead of in 5 years time as previously required.
    So let’s take a collective breath, get a good look at this thing, and find out where we go from here.
    Stick around to the end for a special “Pass The Mic” segment we are sharing, which highlights some of the voices we heard around the corridors and in the streets of Glasgow during COP26.
     

     
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    • 58 min
    COP26 Halfway Point: A City of Two Tales With Nigel Topping

    COP26 Halfway Point: A City of Two Tales With Nigel Topping

    It's the halfway point of the COP26 climate discussions in Glasgow, UK! Pledges over the past week from world leaders could be transformational, keeping the Paris Agreement's ambition in reach. The devil is in the detail of delivery and, As we head into the second week of the negotiations, government Ministers and negotiators get down to business, with final agreements due to land on Saturday this week. Momentum from the pledges of the past week reverberated around the world, yet the youth movement, alongside many of the most vulnerable nations showed  how much further we have to go. 
    On this episode we take stock with a great friend of the show, the UK's High Level Climate Action Champion, Nigel Topping.
    Start your week with our digest of what's happened and what needs to happen next.

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    • 32 min
    Live from COP26! Energy For People and Planet

    Live from COP26! Energy For People and Planet

    Coming to you LIVE from Energy Day at COP26!
    So, energy and climate change. Where should we start?
    With both the IEA World Energy Outlook and the IPCC AR6 Scientific assessment that came out this year declaring that coal has peaked, we also know that gas and then oil must also peak and see their way to the museums, as Christiana would say. 1.5C has been the only north star at COP26 to doing things like consigning coal to history, and every step towards decarbonizing our economy paints a clearer and clearer understanding more than ever before that we have to start now to cut emissions in one half by 2030 and restore and protect nature, at the same time.
    But how does this apply to the developing world? The right to development is unquestionable, morally and also economically. But whilst those in rich and middle income countries received energy from fossil fuel sources that enabled their development, the situation that put us in is forcing us to think differently about providing clean, low carbon, and affordable energy to ensure societies that are bearing climate impacts the most harshly are also given an equal and equitable pathway to develop.
    So where do we begin to provide accessible, clean, affordable energy to all? What are the challenges, what are the benefits, how will this new fund support billions of people to live better lives - and how fast can it be achieved?
    Tune in to find out!
     

     
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    • 43 min
    COP26! All Eyes on 1.5

    COP26! All Eyes on 1.5

    The World Leaders Summit at COP26 has happened...So what happened, exactly?
    A LOT.
    This week, we cover it all in a laid-back-waiting-for-takeaway-to-arrive style conversation with our hosts.
    We’ll cover updated pledges and commitments on:
    An End to Deforestation by 2030 Methane reductions India’s Net Zero 2070 target We also get into inclusion and representation of the Global South, and how we went from 50% of global emissions covered by a Net Zero target at the beginning of this year, to yesterday it being 89%.
    So sit back, relax, and dig in!
     

     
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    READ: Vanessa Nakate for TIME
    READ: Beware: Gaia may destroy humans before we destroy the Earth by James Lovelock
    READ: The Case for Climate Reparations by David Wallace-Wells
    WATCH + READ: COP26 Must Keep 1.5 Degrees Celsius Goal Alive by UN Secretary-General António Guterres
    WATCH: Pope Francis says Costa Rican coffee “is the best in the world.”
     

     
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    • 34 min
    Banking on Net Zero with Noel Quinn

    Banking on Net Zero with Noel Quinn

    The way to Net Zero is through the bank.
    One of the major questions at COP26 is, “How are we going to finance the transition to Net Zero?” From shifting investments away from fossil fuels, to boosting the speed and scale of green companies bringing forward the necessary solutions to creating a sustainable future for people and planet.
    ...And profit.
     
    This week, we’re joined by Group Chief Executive of HSBC, Noel Quinn. He recently committed HSBC, with an impressive $3 trillion balance sheet, to have a completely Net Zero portfolio by 2050, and have their own supply chain and operations Net Zero by 2030. All the while significantly expanding their investment in green finance, creating a philanthropic program and clean technology venture fund.
    We are also joined this week by guest co-host Kelly Clark, Director of Finance & Capital Market Transformation at The Laudes Foundation. Her day job is reimagining our current economic system and redefining value to go beyond shareholder interest.
    It’s a fascinating conversation and essential to bring about the radical systems change we need to see.
    Join us!
     

     
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    READ: Noel Quinn’s letter on Net Zero
     

     
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    • 51 min

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346 Ratings

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Inspiring and substantive

This podcast is unique in many ways. It’s undeniably fun and interesting to listen to… But with Christina F. (who many people consider key to the success of the Paris Agreement) you get a top level but profoundly compassionate inside scoop on where the world is right now in the struggle for a just and livable future.

tmarsico ,

I appreciate y’all!

Christina, Paul, Tom, Clay, and the whole team, Wow! I have been a subscriber of Outrage and Optimism for one year this week, and this is absolutely the best. In a world flush with excellent podcasts, yours is tops. I find myself so invigorated, hopeful, and determined after each episode and expectant for the next. Keep up the great work. From Travis, a husband, father, botanist, invasive species biologist, professor, and climate-focused member of humanity writing from Arkansas, USA. Thanks again for everything!

Liaaaan12445 ,

You are part of me

This podcast leads me to move and become enlightened about what is happening in the world when everyone around me feels helpless.

Through each episode I become more outraged and more optimistic. The way I came across learning about this podcast was nothing but pure magic and serendipity, and for that I feel so full of life and grateful. I heard about it in the most unlikely of places. Honestly, I am happy with the longer episodes, because so much of this podcast is based on conversation and a natural flow. I love the commentaries before and after the interviews.

I would love to hear some more episodes about our Oceans (Christiana will be happy). For example I love all the episodes but I particularly enjoyed the one with Enric Sala.

Thank you to all of you. You are each a light in my life, and I have started to shape my existence around helping the world and you are helping me to do that. Please always continue this.

Lia

Ps.
Some podcasts release the same episode twice at the same time in one short and one long version. Something to consider?

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